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Informing Sexual Partners About STIs

Why are people still getting STIs and STDs?

Sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexual transmitted infections (STIs) are still very common with people of all ages even with specific health classes and the many commercials about practicing safe sex. So why are there still many people getting infected? A big problem is the ignorance of people, being under the belief that they are immune and will not contract the disease. A lot of people make the mistake to get tested after practicing unsafe sex, usually when it is too late. 

Outrage after women exposes STI on Social Media

the Daily Star coverage explains how a woman who contracted the disease got tested and told everyone through the social platform Snapchat. Although a very unconventional way to inform her peers and her previous sexual partners, she did the right thing by informing them to get tested too. People have commented on how shameless she is for doing that, but it is actually quite the opposite. It is easy to shoot down people who do certain things in an unusual way, but kudos to the woman who had the guts to display her infection for the world to see and to alarm others who had sexual intercourse for her.

First of all, let us give some common gonorrhoea information and chlamydia information to help you better understand these infections with their symptoms and consequences.

What is Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is an infection that is spread by a bacteria through unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex. By infecting the fallopian tubes, the mucous membranes of the cervix and uterus in woman; the urethra in both men and women; and the mucous membranes of the eyes, throat, mouth and anus of both men and woman. If spread to the bloodstream, gonorrhea can have life threatening consequences which can lead to arthritis and many other diseases. If left untreated, gonorrhea can even increase the risk of transmitting or receiving HIV. 

Symptoms in women


Symptoms in men

Sore throat   Sore throat
Pain during urination   Swollen and inflamed urethra opening
Pain during vaginal intercourse   Inflammation of the urethra which can cause a burning sensation during urination
Strong smelling vaginal discharge   Penile discharge in the colors white, green or yellow that will appear 14 days after the infection
Pelvic and lower abdominal pains    

When women contract the disease, it can also lead to PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) which can lead to:

  Chronic pelvic pains
  Abdominal pain and fever
  Ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilized egg settles outside of the uterus)

In addition, a pregnant woman can spread the disease to their unborn infant which can lead to a deadly blood infection to the latter. The best advised to treat this ‘superbug’ is to adhere to a strict regime of anti-biotics to prevent further damage to the body.

What is Chlamydia? 

Chlamydia, just as Gonorrhea is also a bacterial infection and the most common one in the United Kingdom. When unprotected sexual intercourse is practiced, the disease is easily transmitted as it is found in the vaginal fluid, saliva and semen. If Chlamydia is not timely treated it can cause severe problems to the health of both men and woman and since the symptoms are hard to administer, is easy to un-noticed until it is too late. For women Chlamydia can cause ectopic pregnancy, severe pelvic pains and infertility especially if you have a recurring infection of Chlamydia

If symptoms do occur, these are symptoms you might experience:

  Severe pelvic pains
  Inflammation during urination
  Unusual discharge from the vagina
  Abnormal vaginal bleeding (between periods and/or after sex)

Importance of getting tested 

The best way to avoid these terrible infection is to always practice safe sex, especially when not in a monogamous relationship (and even then you are, it is better to wear a condom than risk yourself to diseases). So instead of tearing the abovementioned woman down, this is another way to encourage the testing of STIs. If you are ashamed or do no do not wish for physical consultancy there are other ways to test, you can test for Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia online in the discretion and safety of your own home with the same result if visiting a Clinique. 

Informing sexual partners about STI history

Whenever you have had an experience with an STI of are currently infected, your sexual partner or partners have the right to know about your infection. Since having sexual intercourse with an infected person without consent can be illegal in some places, it is also basic human respect towards someone else when having such an intimate moment. It is possible you feel ashamed, so find the best way for yourself to deliver the message, but nothing is worse than infecting someone with a disease without their knowledge. To avoid contracting or spreading any disease, always wear protection!


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